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Bay Cottages Motel

29a South Bay Parade, Kaikoura 7300 New Zealand
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#12 of 43 Speciality lodging in Kaikoura
We are a small motel consisting of 5 cottages, mainly suitable for couples. We are located right at the Pacific Ocean away from the hustle and bustle of the township (5 mins away by car). You will experience peace and quiet, enjoy the birdsong when you wake up and the sound of the waves of the ocean. Ideal starting point for many walks and cycle tracks (bicycles available). Come and check us out. We are sure you are going to enjoy your stay with us. Free Wi-Fi.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Complimentary instant cofffee
Bicycle rental
Bicycles available
BBQ facilities
Non-smoking hotel
Self-serve laundry
Secured parking
Complimentary tea
Golf course
Canoeing offsite
Board games / puzzles
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
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Room features
Soundproof rooms
Seating area
Coffee / tea maker
On-demand films
Electric blanket
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Russian, Dutch, German
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Ludo7447 wrote a review Nov 2020
New Zealand20 contributions7 helpful votes
Phoned late in the day as driving from Picton and trying to find a bed for the night. Gus was very helpful and not concerned about my late arrival- despite an All Black test underway! Room was immaculate, bed was very comfy and plenty of niceties like teas, coffee and bathroom sachets. I appreciated the efforts to encourage recycling by guests. Very quiet overnight and a lovely beach outside when I left early in the morning. Would definitely recommend for somewhere a short drive to town that nice and quiet.
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Date of stay: November 2020
Nicky-joy C wrote a review Jul 2020
9 contributions1 helpful vote
We loved our stay at Bay Cottages. Beautiful sleepyhead king size bed..had a fabulous nights sleep! Right across the road from the ocean, we were able to enjoy a beach walk and ocean view late afternoon.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Marie-Christine G wrote a review Jun 2020
Ruby Bay, New Zealand84 contributions9 helpful votes
Super clean and cozy with nice "fireplace", bathrobes, wi-fi and Netflix. Right across from the beach (I could see the ocean from my kitchen window). Friendly owners and good value. I would stay here again.
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Date of stay: June 2020
Room Tip: #5 has a seaview at the end of the driveway.
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Jan Willem t wrote a review Oct 2019
Nijmegen, The Netherlands1,461 contributions239 helpful votes
The check in went easy and fast, the owner and host is Guus, originally a Dutchman but already 40 years living and working in NZ. The location is perfect, a beautiful seaside at 100 meter distance from the cottage. The start of the beautiful Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway is at only 1 km distance. The town and other activities are nearby, at bicycle distance. The cottage has its own parking lot. The Cottage is in fact a spacious studio, furnitured with a comfortable bench, flatscreen TV, dining table with two (too light) dining table chairs and simple but complete kitchen and kitchen ware. Also a large two persons bed. The bathroom is large enough and complete with heater, toilet, sink and shower cabin. In front of the bench in the living is an electric "fireplace". Although the kitchen is very complete, although cooking fish or curries is not allowed. For that there is a gas BBQ available which worked good. There is free wifi, use "main" and wifi is stable and fast enough. The room rate is in balance with the delivered space, location and facilities. It is more a Cottage or studio than hotel or motel.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Room Tip: There are no rooms, there are a couple of free standing Cottages/studio's. All well located.
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RPDSPD wrote a review Mar 2019
Totnes, Devon81 contributions82 helpful votes
We struggled to find accommodation in Kaikoura, even booking a couple of weeks ahead, so by default our choice of Bay Cottages was forced upon us slightly - though we were very, very pleased with this decision in the end. We enjoy peaceful settings and No: 2 Bay Cottages gave us this opportunity to enjoy the real merits of Kaikoura. The small town itself offers a few things for travellers and the tourist information centre is excellent, but there are very few small grocery shops and if you are in need of provisions, it is best to go out of town passed the train station to the supermarket. There are several eating places in the middle of Kaikoura, but nothing of note around Bay Cottages, though the kitchenette has everything you need to make a decent basic meal. Overall our little cottage was well equipped, looked freshly refurbished and was very clean. The bed was very comfortable & the shower room was excellent with good toiletries provided. We loved the peninsula walk, which was easily accessible from the South Bay and would also recommend the public footpath over the hill into the main Kaikoura town area. We used the Kaikoura shuttle/taxi (which was very reliable) to get to the railway station with our bags, which we were able to store there while we waited for our train to Christchurch in the afternoon. Peace and quiet will definitely be offered by Bay Cottages, so do give them a try!
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Date of stay: February 2019
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
US$72 - US$113 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
New ZealandSouth IslandCanterbury RegionKaikoura
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Frequently Asked Questions about Bay Cottages Motel
Which popular attractions are close to Bay Cottages Motel?
Nearby attractions include Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway (1.6 km), Ohau Point Seal Colony (0.7 km), and Peninsula Seal Colony (3.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Bay Cottages Motel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free parking, a golf course, and free internet access.
Which room amenities are available at Bay Cottages Motel?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a refrigerator, and a fireplace.
What food & drink options are available at Bay Cottages Motel?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities, complimentary tea, and free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at Bay Cottages Motel?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Bay Cottages Motel?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Old Kaikoura Winery, Black Rabbit Pizza, and Zephyr Restaurant.
Is Bay Cottages Motel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.9 km away from the centre of Kaikoura.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Bay Cottages Motel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, German, Russian, and Dutch.
Are there any historical sites close to Bay Cottages Motel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Fyffe House (2.2 km).
Is Bay Cottages Motel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.